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1 Thanksgiving The Uniquely American Holiday

2 Thanksgiving in America Whatever happened to Thanksgiving? Halloween transitions into Christmas!

3 Thanksgiving in America Whatever happened to Thanksgiving? Now Open for Business:  Walmart  Sears  K-Mart  Bass Pro Shops  Old Navy  Grocery Stores Thanksgiving: The Vanishing Holiday!

4 Thanksgiving in America Whatever happened to Thanksgiving?

5 Thanksgiving in America Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever... Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness… Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing (Psalm 107:1, 8-9, 22).

6 Thanksgiving in America  1541: Palo Duro Canyon, Texas Coronado and 1,500 of his men  1564: St. Augustine, Florida French Huguenot (Protestant) colonists  1598: El Paso, Texas Juan de Oñate and his expedition  1607: Cape Henry, Virginia Landing of the Jamestown settlers  1619: Berkeley Plantation, Virginia Early Thanksgiving Observances

7 Thanksgiving in America Remains of Scrooby Manor: Secret Meeting Place for the Pilgrim Church

8 Thanksgiving in America King James I to Pilgrims: “Conform or I will harry them out of the land.”

9 Thanksgiving in America Pilgrims decided to flee to Holland where they could practice their faith in freedom

10 Thanksgiving in America After nearly 12 years, Pastor Robinson believed the church should relocate to America

11 Thanksgiving in America For 2 months, the Pilgrims and Shipmates braved the storm-tossed North Atlantic

12 Thanksgiving in America Mayflower Compact: “In the Name of God… For the Glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith…”

13 Thanksgiving in America William Bradford: “Being thus arrived in a good harbor, and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth…”

14 Thanksgiving in America Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to provide for the necessities of life, including how to fish for cod, how to plant corn with a fish, stalk deer, plant pumpkins, skin beavers, which berries were edible, etc.

15 Thanksgiving in America Gov. Bradford described Squanto as: “A special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation.” Gov. William Bradford Squanto

16 Thanksgiving in America Edward Winslow: “Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling (turkey hunting), so that we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors.”

17 Thanksgiving in America Edward Winslow: “God be praised, we had a good increase of corn… by the goodness of God, we are far from want…”

18 Thanksgiving in America Pilgrims invite the Indians for a three day Thanksgiving Festival

19 Thanksgiving in America Elder William Brewster would have led them in a Thanksgiving prayer to God

20 Thanksgiving in America Congress issued eight Thanksgiving Proclamations during the War for Independence

21 Thanksgiving in America First Federal Congress approved the Bill of Rights on September 24, 1789

22 Thanksgiving in America Elias Boudinot: “…could not think of letting the session pass over without offering an opportunity to all the citizens of the United States of joining, with one voice, in returning to Almighty God their sincere thanks for the many blessings he had poured down upon them.” Annals of Congress September 25, 1789 Elias Boudinot

23 Thanksgiving in America Congressional Resolution: Annals of Congress Congressional Resolution: “Resolved, That a joint committee of both Houses be directed to wait upon the President of the United States to request that he would recommend to the people of the United States a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer...” Annals of Congress September 25, 1789 Elias Boudinot

24 Thanksgiving in America “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.... October 3, 1789 George Washington

25 Thanksgiving in America Now, therefore, I do appoint Thursday, the 26th day of November that we may all unite to render unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection.”

26 Thanksgiving in America Mrs. Hale was editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, a popular women’s publication. For nearly three decades, she promoted the idea of a national Thanksgiving Day Sara Josepha Hale

27 Thanksgiving in America “The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the Source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever- watchful providence of Almighty God....” Abraham Lincoln

28 Thanksgiving in America “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, Who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” Abraham Lincoln

29 Thanksgiving in America Drought in PLymouth Plantation

30 Thanksgiving in America “It came without either wind or thunder or any violence, and by degrees in abundance, as that ye earth was thoroughly wet and soaked therewith, which did so apparently revive and quicken ye decayed corn and other fruits as was wonderful to see, and made ye Indians astonished to behold…” Gov. William Bradford

31 Thanksgiving in America “…and afterwards the Lord sent them such seasonable showers, with interchange of fair warm weather as, through His blessing, caused a fruitful and liberal harvest, to their no small comfort and rejoicing.” Abraham Lincoln Gov. William Bradford

32 Thanksgiving in America 1623 Thanksgiving Festival

33 Thanksgiving in America Gov. William Bradford The drought reduced the Pilgrims to a ration of five kernels of corn per day. Before they began their Thanksgiving feast, they placed five kernels of on their plates, “lest they should forget.” (Deut. 8:11-19)

34 Thanksgiving The Uniquely American Holiday


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